- a system for paying for an item in fixed amounts at specified intervals.
Origin of installment plan
First recorded in 1875–80
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esp Canadian instalment plan
- US and Canadian a system for purchasing merchandise, such as cars or furniture, in which the buyer takes possession of the merchandise on payment of a deposit and completes the purchase by paying a series of regular instalments while the seller retains ownership until the final instalment is paidAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): hire-purchase
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